Programmable matter

Programmable matter, is matter which has the ability to change its physical properties (shape, density, elasticity, conductivity, optical properties, etc.) in a programmable fashion, based upon user input or autonomous sensing.

This is, currently, a speculatively technology, though precursors to truly programmable matter do exist, such as Claytronics and quantum dots.

The idea of programmable matter comes from understanding organic cells as the programmable (via DNA) building blocks of organic matter and speculating about how programmable building blocks for inorganic matter might be developed.

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